Tinubu Directs Wale Edun To Present Minimum Wage Template By Wednesday As Labour Suspends Strike

President Bola Tinubu has directed Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, to present a template for a new minimum wage.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, said this in Abuja on Tuesday after a Federal Government delegation on the new minimum wage met with the President.

“The President has directed the Minister of Finance to do the numbers and get back to him between today and tomorrow so that we can have some figures ready for negotiations with Labour.

“Mr President is determined to go with what the committee has set. He is also looking at the welfare of Nigerians,” he said.

Idris said the government is not an opponent of labour or wage increase.

The FG delegation includes Idris; Edun; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume; Labour Minister Nkiruka Onyejeocha; Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu; Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila; and the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari.

Labour Suspends Strike

Earlier on Tuesday, the Organised Labour suspended its nationwide strike which started at midnight on Monday. Akume had on Monday night said the President was committed to a national minimum wage above ₦60,000.

“The tripartite committee is to meet every day for the next one week with a view to arriving at an agreeable national minimum wage,” Akume had said, adding that the Organised Labour, in deference to the high esteem of the President, agreed to convene a meeting of its organs immediately to consider the commitment of the President.

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